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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,055
Hads: 6,419
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,241 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,419
5/5  rDev +17.4%

This too is a great beer! Around Christmas time they release a 3 Litre Bottle! Once bottle is finished you can still bring it into any Stone Brewery and get it refilled!

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Photo of FippyDarkpaw
3/5  rDev -29.6%

Regular Arrogant Bastard I gave a 5/5 and is in my top-5 ever, but ehhh .. I just can't drink much of this stuff. Maybe proof that there can be too much of a good thing?

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Photo of dXyre
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

This beer packs a huge punch. Aroma is light and subtle, you won't get much of a nose out of it. Jam-packed with malty goodness. Strong, boozy, bold from start to finish. A heavy bomber meant for sipping, pairs well with a 1-hour cigar and a slow and steady pace. Not for the faint of heart, but a damn good place to look for those seeking out a swift kick to the palette.

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Photo of Guess2814
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yeah!!!! Awww!!! This beer just punched me in the face! Strong Ale.. It doesn't have a big time smell to it but the taste is good.. Let this beer simmer.. Take your time with it.. Very very strong.. 11% feels like 15%... Stone has always been consistent with there beers.. I'm big in IPAs but this isn't to bad... Cheers !!!!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber orange in appearance, much lighter than what I was expecting!

Smells heavily of caramel, sugar, and a hint of bourbon.

Malt bomb! Straight up booze and caramel.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my taste, and very dry.

Overall I actually enjoy their standard Angry Bastard more than this, but that's just my opinion.

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Photo of MartinHook
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap in a 14oz glass at Heartbreakers in Chaska.

Great beer, who's 2013 edition is far better than some of the recent Enjoy bys. In a beer this strong, you sometimes worry that the alcohol content will take over the taste profile. That is definitely not the case here.

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Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

08/22/12 On tap. Thought I caught some pineapple in the aroma. Had this as part of a flight. After even a small glass my face is getting slightly separated from it's skull.

This could prove to be a dangerous relationship if someone doesn't save me from myself.

Not a big hops person, but I can make exceptions for the exceptional and this is such a one.

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Photo of halo3one
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Deep dark copper, minimal lacing, 1/2 inch of froth

S- Dense, wheat, barley, a little boozy

T- Complex, sweet fruit, barley, malty, still boozy

M- Full bodied, medium carbonation

O- Good beer, but like a lot from Stone, not really a favorite of mine.

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Photo of scotorum
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this almost a year ago (!) but the high ABV had so far kept me away from trying it. 22 oz. of 11.2% could make it difficult to crawl to bed.

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear copper with a finger-and-a-half thick offwhite head which receded to patchy and then thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight ripe fruit.

t: Caramel malt and dark ripe fruit leavened with a good hop bite. The very high ABV (11.2%) well covered, although there is throat burn on the way down.

m: Medium to heavy,. Very smooth.

o; Just about what I had expected and hoped for. A strong ale with a lot of flavor and hop retort.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I really liked Arrogant Bastard so I picked this up immediately. The color is very dark and the head a nice white that lasts and lasts. The smell had a lot of malt with almost a roasted smell, but also some hops and grapefruit. The taste was incredibly smooth with hints of nuts and bananas in a nice thick malt overtone. A very thick beer with a lot of amazing flavors. I would wholeheartedly recommend picking this one up.

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Photo of jaredtp
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark beer, it has a hravy tasye but it is really good. It smells really good, and it go`s down smooth. If you age the beer for a year before opening it and drinking I. I think itmakes it taste rreally good. I know when I age these types of beer I like them a lot. I defently would recomend this beer to anyone who likes high gravity beer. I know that I will have another one pf these beers. I also am wanting to try all the other beers that they make.

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Photo of beerviews2013
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

pour: got a nice cloudy dark brown color with hints of red. The head on this beer was a light tan color with tight foam.

smell: on this brew was a sweetness some from the malts and some from the fruit used in this brew. Similar to a barley wine.

taste: stone went crazy on this one. Beer hits the pallet and you get a taste of everything, some hops some sweet malts some brown sugar and some berries with a little fruity feel to it.

Overalll: This is such a great brew even with the 11.20% abv still a smooth brew to drink. Yea it will mess you up but its good stuff all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Cheers!!!

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Photo of JimiO
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfect color for a strong ale... a little cloudy... looks rich... but not too dark... brown with a burnt orange tinge... head dissipated after a few minutes

Nice of the nose... hoppy... malty... caramel... a bit of citrus fruit... some musk...

On the tongue... the first sip I tasted bitter coffee that was nice and balanced...Second sip... very flavorful... nice complexity... still coffee but also burnt toffee and caramel... only complaint is that it is too bitter... the finish is all about the bitterness

It sits well in the mouth... feels active yet smooth

Overall... I like it... slightly disappointed as I was expecting a lot from this well touted ale... a bit too bitter for me... I think the "Bastard" is bitter

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Photo of Tony49er
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 VINTAGE A Year and a Half old or so....

Serving Type- Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance- Big thick head, tons of alcohol legs, a reddish cloudy brown color

Smell- Hops, caramel malts, tons of biscuit bread notes, some roasted notes and toffee

Taste- WOW a year and a half has done alot to this beer, alot of the hops have gone to the background and more of the great malts upfront on the palate, tons of toffee, caramel and biscuit bread notes, just wow, solid beer this beer with some age on almost has a barley wine style taste to it with some age on it

Mouthfeel- Very sold, medium to thick mouthfeel, very smooth

Overall- AWESOME just an amazing beer by Stone Brewing Company I love this beer and have had it for many years but never with any age on them and I am glad I put this one away for a while just great stuff if you have never aged this beer do so you will not regret it...CHEERS

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Photo of beer456
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not sure how a "Strong Ale" compares to a regular ale or even an IPA.

It is an interesting beer for a semi-novice like me.

So let me break it down like this - its tasty and potent. When I say tasty, I mean it. Its got a nice strong taste.

It almost tastes like a Double America IPA but it does not have that malt backbone that I frequently find in the Double IPA.

Anyways, a solid beer.

Tastes great and potent.

God Bless America for its beer in the year 2014.

This is a great time to be alive in America drinking beers.

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Photo of fgmiele
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2007 VINTAGE - far cloudier than modern version..thick and dark like apple cider with minimal carbonation. 7 years in the making. Little to no head. Beer is darker than the fresh stuff. Smells and tastes way boozier too. Apples and fruit. Hops are well hidden because of this which I don't necessarily like, but it's interesting. Like 120 min but not as pungent. Intriguing.

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Photo of itsscience
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 version, aged 1.5 years.

Pours dark amber with two fingers of off-white head that leaves thick lacing. The nose is malt forward with sweet and bready malts, raisins, overripe orange, and booze. It tastes very smooth with more of the caramely, bready malts, some alcohol heat, cherries, raisins, and figs, with burnt toast and roasted malt on the finish that imparts no astringency. Hop flavors or hop bitterness are mostly missing from this aged version: if anything I get a faint citrus taste, but it pales in comparison to the malt presence. The beer has a creamy, thick mouthfeel and despite the initial taste of alcohol, it's dangerously quaffable at 11.2 percent because you get none of that alcohol at the back end.

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Photo of zacalabeer76
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i really would like to review at this time but have no much to said i can said the color and smell is perfect the smell also really good but and the alcohol content>>>>>wow if you are a really good craft beer drinker and you like some good stuff.... go ahead and open a bottle.please forget about that american piss you drink everyday ok and enjoy the really good stuff....try your self!!! this a world class beer!!!

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Photo of bman13
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice golden/red amber colored appearance with a 1 1/2 finger head. Next to no lacing at all (11.2% alcohol) so cant ask for much ha

S - nice! Smells sort of like a barley wine but doesn't at the same time. VERY earthy and somewhat sweet smelling. Also a trace of hoppy goodness. Ugh divine!

T - first taste, bitter but well balanced hoppiness character with a malty note as well as some fruity and sugary bite. JUST DIVNE. Tastes sort of like Stone's arrogant bastard as if it was on steroids and just tastes plain awesome! There is such a unique blend of tastes going on it really is HARD to describe in words. Very very VERY flavorful and I can taste so many different flavors going on I can't believe it . This is NOT for the faint of heart as the label describes. If you like STRONG flavored brews with a unique BUT awesome taste. This is literally the one. If you like ASA (American Strong Ale) YOU MUST TRY THIS. or you are not living.

M - Bitter but like I said EXTREMELY and I can't stress extremely enough when I say this, extremely well balanced with the hoppy goodness flavor (earthy) as well as a little not of fruit flavor. Just enough fruit to balance the bitter out but in no way is overly sweet like some beers. This literally is on my top 3 favorite beers of all time... it is very smooth and you can definitely "feel" this one at 11.2% alcohol. Its kind of weird. Once you drink a 22oz like I have you feel the alcohol but it doesn't taste "boozy" at all if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, it doesn't taste like a 5% alcohol beer but it tastes FLAVORFUL but not very boozy if that makes sense guys?

O - this one is THE ONE. the golden one if I must say. It is ridiculous how much flavor stone brewing has packed into one beer, but this is in NO way a bad thing. If you are sick of soapy, bland, flavorless beer and demand something bold that stands out of the crowd GET THIS BEER. it is astonishing and just remarkable. If you are faint at heart this isn't for you, if you are scared of full flavor beer, this isn't for you. If you want something ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY ONE OF A KIND, THIS IS FOR YOU!!!

In collusion, I literally think this is my favorite beer of all time. I am a huge huge huge fan of flavorful beer that packs a big ol' punch. This beer is one of a kind and is only served on tap ( if youre lucky ) and in 22oz bottles beginning in November only until supplies last. I have bought out my local buehlers grocery store with this beer . So what if it is $7.99 a 22oz bottle. I have bought 30, yes 30 lol bottles of this 2013 release double bastard and have drank all but 3 of them and plan on ageing the rest till this summer. In will review one more time and let you all know how it tastes after aging 6-8 months. I'm sure it will be even more DIVINE. I LOVE THIS BEER WITH ALL MY HEART. May stone live on and keep producing this beer. My only complaint, is that they make it an all year round beer. But either way, This is my favorite beer of ALL TIME!!! peace guys :)

Serving type: 2013 release 22oz bottle at 45 degrees. ( fridge temperature)

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13

A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.

S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.

T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.

O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.

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Photo of GinjaSlice
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a great redish amber color to it when poured into a bottle.
S: Smells like a mix between cherry and chocolate.
T: The taste at first was great. Very good hoppiness in the beginning that settled into a more dark fruit flavor. The problem is the after taste. It has a stronger alcohol taste that lingered on the tongue. The first couple sips were amazing but the more and more i drank the more alcohol i tasted.
M: Good, not too carbonated, and not too flat. Was a bit heavy feeling but still great.

Good beer with a high abv that you can taste the more you drink.

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark amber beer with a foamy white head. Smells of caramel and hops. This is a very intense beer, with an overpowering caramel flavor, almost like burnt caramel, with a syrupy feel. The bitterness starts light, but then quickly grows stronger. Like Stone’s Ruination IPA, I found this a bit too much, but at the same time I really enjoyed sipping this over a two hour period. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

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Photo of BoardwalkBock
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into LT pint glass

Had this beer twice before, 2010 and 2011. Came across a bottle for $6.99 in RI. Steal.

A: Dark red. Almost grapefruit looking. Slightly transparent. I wish I had a single Bastard next to it, but I'm almost confident this double looks lighter than the single. Nice carbonation. Decent head retention.

S: Cherries, dark fruits, toffee, spice, booze.

T: Good hop front, slight grapefruit, cherries, vanilla, some dark fruits I can't identify, big malt profile but well balance with the hops, little bit of toffee. Solid bitterness from the hops to balance the malts. Alcohol is barely present.

M: Solid body, but really not as heavy as I expected. Smooth. It actually feels like I'm drinking a single Bastard aged for a few months or so.

O: Very, very good Ale. Well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden under the intense malt profile. Stone rarely disappoints.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber in color with a small to medium, 1.5 finger head. Body is relatively translucent despite the haze and darker color. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S- First impressions of the the scent are toasty, hoppy, and strong. Mild malts hit your nose first, but hops bitterness quickly displaces the malt with a piney punch. Scents of strong booze underlie both previous scents. Malts make somewhat of a comeback and blend with the hops, reminding me of an American style barleywine.

T- Starts off with some mild hops bitterness and some strong malt flavors mixed in with a boozey profile. Bitterness takes over in the middle of the drink and both hops and dull malt bitterness take over. Bitterness is fairly strong, but not overly so, and is somewhat balanced by other malt characteristics. Bitter malt and hop profile presides until the end of the drink, then the hops linger with their bitterness the longest.

M- This beer has low to medium carbonation and is rather smooth, but not too thick across the palate. Very strong alcohol presence, yet somehow, the mellow, not too bitter flavors keep this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall, I think this is much better than regular Bastard. More balanced with malt and hops and less aggressive in the taste department than regular Bastard is oxymoronic to the name. A very good, very strong beer.

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Photo of Copernicus
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

The color is a deep amber, bordering on the burnt orange with a brilliant copper luster. The bastard has depth. The head forms into a pleasant off-white at about a finger width and retains itself for a few moments. As expected, some real nice lacing is present throughout the experience.

The aroma instantly represents heavy malt character intimating dark dried fruits such as fig and black cherries but much roast. This hints at toffee more than caramel. There is surprisingly not too much hop bitterness on the nose.

The taste is where this bastard gets its arrogant power. It sneaks in with a smooth, almost buttery warmth, with gentle hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark dried fruits. Then play time is over. An intense hop wallops the palate with piney punishment. It cuts through the initial malt and lingers well into the aftertaste, and it's very welcome.

The mouthfeel works here. It has a light, prickly and fizzy carbonation that appropriately balances out the warmth of the alcohol and the velvety texture of the body.

Overall, this beer represents a well-crafted balancing act of all those things we love, and it knows it. I would pair this with a strong aged cheese or save it for dessert and enjoy with a rich vanilla and toffee creme brulee or pineapple upside down cake.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.